Postgraduate Course: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Child Health (NUST11004)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course is divided into three sections. The first section considers the development of child care policy and legislations. The development of child care policy. Explores the history and development of the child care policy and international conventions at UN and European Union level which advance the rights of the child. The rights of the child and parental rights explores the issue of child and parental rights as set out in UK legislation. Child protectiona dn welfare continues with consideration of the UK legislation, this time relating specifically to the issue of child protection and meeting the needs of the child.
The second section considers ethical issues relating to child health practices.
Prenatal screening and foetal selection.
Decisions to withdraw or withhold treatment in the neo-natal unit.
The third section considers social issues and their impact on child health. Domestic Violence considers how domestic violence impacts on the health of children. Poverty and deprivation considers the meaning of poverty and deprivation and the direct and indirect impact on child health. Minorities and refugees. Considres the health care of children from ethnic minorities. Adolescent suicide. Examiners suicide patterns historically and internationally. Explores current government initiatives to address the problem.
Teenage pregnancy. Explores teenage pregnancy and debates to what extent teenage pregnancy is a health issue.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
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| The student should be able to
appreciate and understand the legislative framework which underpins child health decisions.
Discuss the rights of the child and his/her role within the health care decision making process.
Discuss the ethical decision making process and identify their role within that process.
Critically examine theories on the relationship between social factors and health status.
Assess the impact of social and cultural influences on the health of their own client group
Utilise the understanding gained to enhance the quality of care they deliver and their own professional practice.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Mr James Robinson
|Course secretary||Mr Sergio Mori Sierra
Tel: (0131 6)50 4661